President Ranil Wickremesinghe and public security minister Tiran Alles yesterday (19) discussed the post of the inspector general of police that will soon fall vacant.
Premier Dinesh Gunawardena, justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and the attorney general also attended the discussion.
Minister Alles maintained that senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon should succeed incumbent IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, who will retire.
Opposition to Tennakoon from certain quarters also came under discussion.
A majority of SLPP MPs want him as the next IGP, while those who oppose him are anti-government forces, it was said.
Meanwhile, president’s counsel U.R. de Silva said the Constitutional Council could decide if the incumbent could be given a service extension upon being asked by the president.